Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 11, 2017

Would You Want To Live Near This?

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Potential impact zones from Whitemoss. Skelmersdale is downwind of Whitemoss, most of Skelmersdale and much of Bickerstaffe, Lathom South and Upholland are within 3 km of Whitemoss. Studies on other hazardous waste sites have found ill health impacts in people.

Living near a waste site, whether it contains Persistent Organic Pollutants or other wastes, increases risk of being hospitalised for both acute respiratory infections and asthma.

The risks of congenital anomalies and hospitalization due to respiratory disease are likely to be real nearby special waste landfills.

Let’s not kid ourselves that containment provides the answer. Containment systems are not going to last the period leachates will be generated.

On 5 October 2016 the Court of Appeal granted permission for a hearing of the judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision for Whitemoss to develop. This granting of permission indicates that the challenge is arguable. However, it does not establish that the case will be won; which is a matter to be determined at the full hearing which  is listed to take place on the 2 March 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice.

On 19 December 2016 a request to WLBC for funding was received from “ARROW Northwest” arrow-logo-green-on-white-650x80 a voluntary  organisation opposing the extension of the Whitemoss Landfill site. The funding request is for a contribution towards the costs of pursuing a challenge at a hearing to be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London against the Secretary of State’s decision to permit the landfill extension. On 4 January 2017 ARROW Northwest confirmed that it is requesting a contribution of £4,000 from the Council.

Council cabinet has recommended paying it. Common sense and great support for a deserving community.


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